Starting Up: Silicon Valley's Origins And HistorySilicon Valley's long line of tech entrepreneurs spans from Hewlett and Packard to Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. But there was a time when the idea of engineers starting their own company was rare.
Intel's first hire (from left), Andy Grove, and Intel co-founders Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore in 1978, the 10th anniversary of the company. Grove is sitting on a graphical layout (a rubylith) of one of Intel's early microprocessors.
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Fairchild's first microchip combined four transistors, six resistors and their interconnecting wires onto a single sliver of silicon, in 1960. Today's microprocessors can employ more than 1 billion transistors.
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Virginia Klausmeier (left) makes her pitch for Garage Technology Ventures to invest in her clean diesel fuel company, Sylvatex, to Bill Reichert and Joyce Chung, two of the firm's general partners.